HOW TO APPLY
AMIGOS gives you an exciting chance to have an adventure and explore the world outside of a classroom. You will live in a new country and work on sustainable community service projects while living with a host family. These experiences prepare you for your future, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop leadership skills that will set you apart in college and throughout your career. With AMIGOS, you will learn about the world by living in it. Click here to explore our 2020 Summer Programs.
READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?
- Click here to start your application.
- Complete your application.
- An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.
November 4th: Financial aid application deadline
December 9th: Deadline to join the Wisconsin Chapter
Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.
The AMIGOS Wisconsin Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. The AMIGOS Wisconsin recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and their families from the Wisconsin Area. Our chapter accepts volunteers September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of December through May, Wisconsin Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.
AMIGOS was pivotal in my growth as a leader and as a catalyst for social change. The summer program put me in a position I had never been in before, one of professionalism and interaction in a land of responsibility. As a young person, I had never known the extent to my own capabilities; however, AMIGOS taught me to be confident, to interact, to engage, and to immerse myself as I never had before. With these actions I learned that no matter my age, I am capable of anything I set my mind to. – Josie R.
AMIGOS has become my toolbox, whenever I need a little extra confidence, a little leadership, a little more ability to connect with and communicate with the people around me, I can reach into that toolbox and pull out those lessons I learned from my summer in Paraguay. Because AMIGOS gave me the opportunity to be in leadership roles and be outside my comfort zone at a young age, I know that as I continue growing through life that I am capable of anything. AMIGOS instilled confidence in myself and confidence in our global community. Every single day I am grateful for my incredible, challenging, exciting, and enriching AMIGOS experience. – Christy B.
Since my first summer with Amigos as a volunteer in Nicaragua in 2008, Amigos has greatly influenced the trajectory of my life. From my college major of Latin American Studies to my current job of working with immigrant youth, my experience with Amigos has informed many personal and professional decisions I’ve made. My experiences returning as Project Staff and as Training Director have given me invaluable leadership skills, work experience, responsibility, and of course, fun and adventure! – Erin J.
Wisconsin Volunteers Attend:
Appleton North • James Madison Memorial • Laffollete • Madison Country Day School • Madison East • Madison West • Middleton • Verona
The Wisconsin Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. This approach allows us to keep costs to families low while teaching valuable fundraising and community outreach skills. All volunteers are required to fully take part in each fundraising activity as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community. Volunteers receive considerable support with fundraising, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills.
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends and family, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
Family Fee: $4,250 (Payment plans available.)
Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)
Group Fundraising is required
- Round-trip domestic and international airfare
- Training materials and workshops
- Secondary short-term international medical insurance
- Program excursions
- Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
- Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
- 24-hour On Call Emergency Management System
- Travel hotline and support
Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.
DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
- Volunteers pay their family fees beginning December 15. The fee must be paid by April 15.
- Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide financial assistance to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4, 2019. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.
With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. Pre-departure training equips volunteers with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The Wisconsin Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares volunteers for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help students succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and include guest speakers from the community and the Wisconsin Chapter Board of Directors.
The Wisconsin Chapter incorporates service-learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service‐learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Volunteers will engage in several activities in area schools, for example serving as volunteer hosts at the Spanish Spelling Bee for students in the dual-language immersion program of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Participants may also offer presentations and hands-on activities to teach children about their assigned country at the Multicultural Family Night, sponsored by the Madison School and Community Recreation Program. Volunteers are able to improve their Spanish and gain experience working with children while giving back to the community through these and other service learning opportunities.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDE:
- Unparalleled leadership development
- Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
- Hands-on training for technical aspects of the program
- Extensive health and safety training
- Opportunities to practice Spanish
- Creating a community of young people with shared values
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
- Sunday afternoon trainings
- Spanish conversation sessions
- Overnight retreats
- Service-learning requirements
- Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
Wisconsin Chapter Training begins in Spring 2020. More calendar details will be announced soon.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Parent & Training Coordinator
IO Board Representative
Recruitment & Training